A lonely monkey at an Israeli zoo has found a way to soothe her maternal urges: by adopting a chicken.
Niv, an Indonesian black macaque, has spent the past week caressing, cleaning and playing with the bird at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv.
The bird, which doesn’t have a name, could easily escape through the bars but chooses to stay near Niv.
Zookeepers say the chicken “seems very happy to have found a surrogate mother. At night they sleep together.”
A few months ago, Niv attempted to adopt a previous chicken, but it rejected her advances.
Seemingly unlikely animal friendships are often the result of different species being put together by humans.